Rare Early 19th Century "Folk Art" Sign for Temperance Hotel This massive double-sided sign came from one of many "Temperance Hotels." The Temperance movement, well established in England, came to America in earnest in the early 1800s. The movement was highly organized and claimed thousands of serious adherents. One of the manifestations of the movement was the appearance of "Temperance Hotels," where tee-totaling travelers could be assured of like-minded company. It is impossible to date this particular sign with certainty. Its style suggests that it was made perhaps around 1820-1840. Our research has uncovered a Temperance Hotel in Lucas County, Ohio (Toledo), an area where the unusually named Eldreds were in evidence. A record of the County Commissioners from 1843 notes the authorization for a road originating at the already-existing Temperance Hotel. The dating would seem appropriate for this sign, so it may well be from that hotel. This is a massive double-sided outdoor sign, identical on both sides (the lettering is a little more weathered, although still clear, on one side). A wide wood rim, rather like that of a wagon wheel, encircles the entire sign. It is in fine original condition, totally unrestored. A heavy metal support base has been custom-made to facilitate convenient display. Width 42" x height 22". The thickness of the encompassing wood rim is 3". Just a super folk art sign, but a special prize for the collector of Temperance items!

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